China hosts African leaders as foreign aid criticism intensifies

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Speaking to leaders from more than 30 African countries at Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Xi said China's investment and engagement on the continent would continue, with no political strings attached to Beijing's investments in Africa.

Xi will introduce new concepts and proposals for ties between China and Africa, and announce new actions and measures on practical cooperation with Africa during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing summit September 3-4, official media has reported.

China's growing clout in Africa is also drawing criticism that more African countries are getting caught in a Chinese debt trap.

"Given the complex and changing worldwide situation and the development of individual countries, China-Africa wisdom and solutions that can be helpful to global governance are expected from the summit", Li Dan said.

It may be recalled that in 2013, the Chinese leader proposed the initiative of building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, with a view to integrating the development strategies of partnering countries.

China will carry out 50 projects on green development and environmental protection in Africa, focusing on fighting climate change, desertification and wildlife protection, the Chinese leader said.

The world's second-biggest economy will be hosting the China-Africa summit starting on Monday and South Africa will co-chair that meeting.

However, critics say Xi's project is burying some countries under mountains of debt.

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In this regard, we look forward to cementing an even stronger China-Africa partnership through win-win cooperation at the 2018 Focac Summit.

"We could see a two-digit growth rate in the next five to 10 years", said Wei Jianguo, former vice commerce minister, at a recent China-Africa seminar in Renmin University of China.

"China will extend $60 billion of financing to Africa in the form of government assistance as well as investment and financing by financial institutions and companies".

China has provided aid to Africa since the Cold War, but Beijing's presence in the region has grown exponentially with its emergence as a global trading power.

China has established 54 Confucius Institutes and 27 Confucius classrooms in 41 African countries. "China-Africa cooperation under the BRI is a way to common prosperity that brings benefits to both our peoples".

"China does not interfere in Africa's internal affairs and does not impose its own will on Africa", he said. Deeply indebted Pakistan is also reportedly reconsidering some projects in the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor that is a key link in the BRI.

The Chinese projects in Africa include the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway and Kenya's standard gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi. A total of 50 security help programmes would be implemented, ranging from United Nations peacekeeping missions to fighting piracy, he said.

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